A Conundrum for Corrections, A Tragedy for Prisoners: Prisons As Facilities for the Mentally Ill

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Any analysis of violence and abuse in American prisons must address the consequences of the high rates of incarceration of offenders with mental illness and the poor treatment they receive behind bars. This Essay does just that.

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Prisoners -- Mental health, Correctional institutions, Mentally ill persons, Prison administration, United States

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Jamie Fellner (Human Rights Watch)

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